HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 GDSC Ramornie Handicap
Welcome to The Daily Examiner's rolling coverage of the GDSC Ramornie Handicap Day!
RACE SEVEN: GDSC Ramornie Handicap (1200 Metres)
Star Boy looked to have the $160,000 Grafton District Services Club Ramornie Handicap rounded up when he bounded clear in the straight before Matt McGillirvay and Havasay stormed late.
Star Boy led until the final centimetres when last year's winner swooped and lunged to a nose victory.
It was one of the closest finishes in recent Ramornie history with a sea of horses finishing within two or three lengths of the first pair. Freddie Fox trot was a long head away third and Snoopy fourth.
It was back to back wins for both Gold Coast trainer and jockey Matt McGillivray.
"He's a special horse to me," Matt McGillivray said. Helped put me on the map."
RACE SIX: TURSA Grafton Guineas Quality (1600 Metres)
THE Tony Newing stable and the Clarence River Jockey Club seem to be a match made in heaven.
In his sixth win of the 2019 July Carnival Newing has won the Grafton Guineas with Charmed Princess after qualifying through the Grafton Guineas Prelude on Westlawn Prelude Day.
RACE FIVE: Jacaranda Hotel Country Showcase Maiden Plate (1000 Metres)
TAMWORTH bred and owned, Coffs Harbour-trained In A Step won today's $40,000 Jacaranda Hotel Country Showcase Maiden Plate (1000m) with her first steps.
RACE FOUR: Winning Edge Presentations Class 2 Showcase Handicap (1600 Metres)
ONEMORE Sapphire won the race four Class 2 Handicap today after a brilliant late charge down the outside to edge out Delayed Response in a photo finish. READ THE FULL STORY HERE
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RACE THREE: Herb Blanchard Haulage CG&E Class 2 Handicap (1100 Metres)
TOOWOOMBA gelding Mister Spinks might have been double figure odds but the Kevin Kemp-trained swooped to win today's $30,000 Herb Blanchard Haulage CG&E Class 2 Handicap at Grafton.
The son of Falvelon also overcame a good bump from Western Alliance halfway down the Grafton straight to continue on for a good win at $16 odds. FULL STORY HERE
Wish local trainer Sue Grills and Hammoon Ballad all the very best for The Tursa Grafton Guineas today.#tjc— Tamworth Jockey Club (@_TJC) July 10, 2019
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RACE TWO: Grafton Taxis 6642 3622 Benchmark 66 Showcase Handicap (1400 Metres)
PHOBETOR was the lowest paying horse at Ramornie Day and he delivered on the odds.
The three-year old bay gelding made it look easy as he took an early lead in the 1600m run and didn't look back edging out Proud Captain by over a length.
Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa was happy with the result but never had any doubts over a win.
RACE ONE: Abbey Motor Inn Rural Plate Class 6 Showcase (2200m)
SAVVY Ken led all the way to win the opening race on Ramornie Handicap day, the $30,000 Abbey Motor Inn Rural Plate Class 6 Showcase (2200m), at Grafton today.
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This poll ended on 10 July 2019.
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The crowds have started filing in after gates opened at 10.30am for the first of two massive days at Clarence River Jockey Club.
The Abbey Motor Inn Rural Plate Class 6 Showcase over 2200m is the first of eight races to jump today at 12.30pm.
The Group 1 Feeds Fillies and Maidens Class 2 Handicap (1100m) is the last race on the card at 4.35pm.
There will be live entertainment all day on the Westlawn.
Standard entry is $20, or $50 for the Members Stand, $10/$30 for concession card holders, children under 18 in company of an adult are free.
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